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Electric car whizz joins O’Rourke
Kotur joins from electric car specialist Polestar where he was Head of Products for the Asia Pacific region. The appointment is part of O'Rourke's increasing focus on "The development and deployment of new technologies with the potential to transform construction productivity and deliver improvements to project programme, quality, safety and sustainability." Kotur starts this week working alongside his predecessor, Dr Chris Millard, in a phased handover of the Technology & Innovation team. Millard will remain... more
Electric car whizz joins O’Rourke
Go-ahead for £200m lithium refinery on Teesside
Tees Valley Lithium plans to build the £200m processing plant at the former ICI Wilton Works. TVL has appointed Wave International, an Australian specialist process engineering and project delivery company, as its lead engineering and technology partner. The refinery will help to reduce Europe’s dependence on China for critical metals. The new lithium refinery is expected to produce enough lithium hydroxide to supply 100 per cent of the UK's forecasted demand by 2030. 35% of its total production.
Go-ahead for £200m lithium refinery on Teesside
HS2 agency workers paid the wrong wages
The Enquirer understands that workers employed by labour agency McGinley Support Services have suffered delayed and incorrect payments for the past few weeks following the introduction of new payroll software. A string of complaints to Unite has prompted the construction union to write to main contractors across the project highlighting the problem. National Officer for Construction Jerry Swain said: "The workers are fed-up with not getting their correct money or wage slips."This sort of thing shouldn't be happening... more
HS2 agency workers paid the wrong wages
Construction’s “Leading Lights” recognised

The awards are the Scheme’s latest initiative to recognise projects that have gone the extra mile to deliver positive results in any of the three areas of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice: Respecting the Community, Caring for the Environment and Valuing the Workforce.

Amanda Long, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructor Scheme, said: “The Leading Lights Awards are a reflection of our new strategy, which is centred around building a culture of continuous improvement in

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Construction’s “Leading Lights” recognised
Bouygues starts London 700-home council estate rebuild
A significant housing project for Southwark Council, the overall project will feature nearly 700 new homes delivered by Linkcity's sister business Bouygues Construction UK over the next eight years. The scheme includes 250 replacement council homes and shared equity properties, 220 additional council homes including keyworker homes, and 220 homes for sale. The initial phase of development around 200 new homes will be built to rehouse current tenants of the estate. Bouygues will then deliver 440 homes across... more
Bouygues starts London 700-home council estate rebuild
BAM to deliver £44m Yeovil College campus build
Yeovil College campus will be redesigned and developed over the next four years. BAM will submit a planning application next month, with the aim to start work within the next 12 months. The project is being entirely funded by the Department for Education, as one of 16 colleges to gain a share of the £1.5bn FE capital transformation fund. ‘This means maximising natural light, using thermal mass to regulate internal temperatures, and integrating cross ventilation to give great air quality.’ The buildings... more
BAM to deliver £44m Yeovil College campus build
Pension provider B&CE changes name to People’s Partnership
The People's Pension began life providing holiday stamps to the construction industry during the Second World War. Today, it provides a range of straightforward financial products, including The People’s Pension, which has more than six million members. With assets under management currently more than £17bn and serving more than 100,000 employers across the UK, it has grown to become one of the largest pension schemes in the country. The company has grown.. It has been one of its biggest pension schemes.
Pension provider B&CE changes name to People’s Partnership
£3.4bn Sellafield infrastructure race delayed to New Year
Sellafield aims to replace its Infrastructure Services Alliance with Morgan Sindall and Arup with a new Infrastructure Delivery Partnership. The organisational shake-up will see a new overall strategic partner, supported by three key delivery partners for electrical distribution, utilities, and civils. The Strategic Partner will provide front-end definition and project sequencing services, undertake feasibility studies and initial engineering design. Below the strategic partner, three delivery partners will... more
£3.4bn Sellafield infrastructure race delayed to New Year
ISG wins £600m Hertfordshire Hollywood film studio job
The Waltham Cross complex would rival Sky’s new studios in Borehamwood, the Elstree Studios and Warner Bros’ complex in Leavesden. Blackstone and Hudson Pacific bought the 90-acre site, located in Broxbourne, for its first expansion of filming and production facilities outside of the US. Groundworks contractor Erith is preparing and levelling the site. The project also includes heritage works to restore existing Grade II listed farm buildings and the creation of significant areas of landscaped green spaces.... more
ISG wins £600m Hertfordshire Hollywood film studio job
NAO calls for road programme cuts as costs soar
National Audit Office warns urgent action is needed to avoid damaging knock-on effects. National Highways is facing £740m of additional cost pressure for road enhancements to March 2025 from inflation. Already committed elements of the RIS3 programme have soared to £11.5bn from the £5.5billion estimate in 2020. The NAO also warns extra funding would need to be found. National Highway plans to spend £8.7bn on the remaining 58 enhancement projects between 2022-23 and 2024-25. Over that period National High... more
NAO calls for road programme cuts as costs soar
Wates poaches Balfour director to lead North West operation
Cooke brings more than 20 years' experience within construction, gained primarily at tier one contractors including Morgan Sindall, Lendlease and Galliford Try. Most recently, she spent more than two years at Balfour Beatty as National Framework Director where she was responsible for its successful re-procurement of the Scape Civils framework, the Crown Commercial Services framework and the Midlands Highways Alliance. She replaces Dave Saville, who was appointed as Wates' managing director for the North earlier... more
Wates poaches Balfour director to lead North West operation
Kier hires Laing O’Rourke veteran for London office push
He joins in the newly-created role of regional director for London in January responsible for the operational delivery of Kier's commercial and residential projects across London. Wright has over 30 years' experience in construction holding senior roles at Ardmore Group, Mace and most recently, Laing O'Rourke, where recent successes include the delivery of the Brunel Building. His appointment comes amid a period of growth for Kier in the London blue-chip commercial and residential market, securing over £200m... more
Kier hires Laing O’Rourke veteran for London office push
VolkerFitzpatrick lands starring role on £174m film studios
Developer Hackman Capital Partners and its affiliate The MBS Group are creating London's largest film and television production centre, in Dagenham. The site will include 12 sound stages, three acres of backlot, offices and ancillary space, totalling over half a million square feet. VolkerFitzpatrick started preparatory work on the 26-acre site in August by modifying two existing warehouses, as well as providing groundworks and piling. Main construction of the new steel framed buildings can now commence with... more
VolkerFitzpatrick lands starring role on £174m film studios
Rebuilt TBM launches into second HS2 tunnel drive
The second one-mile tunnel bore under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire marks the next big milestone for the Balfour Beatty Vinci tunnelling team on the northern section of phase one. Dorothy became the first on the HS2 project to complete a tunnel drive in July 2022. Since then the gantries of the tunnel boring machine were brought back through the tunnel and reassembled at the north portal. The 10m diameter cutterhead, weighing 160 tonnes, was transported by road.
Rebuilt TBM launches into second HS2 tunnel drive
Materials lead times back to pre-pandemic levels
Easing pressure on volumes was reported in the latest Builders Merchants Federation member returns. Volume sales were -6.8% down compared to the third quarter in prepandemic 2019. General product supply continues to improve, but pinch points are still being felt from the restricted supply of semi-conductors. Buyers can turn to legally sourced plywood from Finland and Latvia but should request full due diligence. The CLC working group has warned that any imports of birch products from China and Vietnam will be... more
Materials lead times back to pre-pandemic levels
Bond strength helps TClarke towards £500m turnover target
In a trading update the firm said: "Many of our clients demand performance bonds to be in place as part of the contract requirements."Due to the strength of its balance sheet TClarke has at its disposal £65m of bonding capacity; one of the largest bonding capacities when compared to our recognised peer group. " TClarke is expecting revenue this year to be a record £410m before hitting £500m in 2023 at an operating margin of 2.8%. The current secured order book stands at £545m with £384m already secured... more
Bond strength helps TClarke towards £500m turnover target
Michelmersh buys offsite brick cladding and chimney maker
Fabspeed is a manufacturer of pre-fabricated building products with a significant focus on bespoke, complex and specialist products, including chimneys, arches, canopies and cladding panels The business currently operates from three facilities, two in West Yorkshire and one in Oxfordshire, employing around 90 people. Frank Hanna, Joint Chief Executive Officer, said: "Fabspeed is a great addition to our business, enabling us to create a leading business in both clay and pre-fabricated products."With cross-selling... more
Michelmersh buys offsite brick cladding and chimney maker
Pagabo acquires mental health monitoring business
The deal comes just weeks after Pagabo announced plans to introduce mental health clauses into its procurement documents. Pagabo owner The 55 Group first worked with Moodbeam in 2019 when its wearable wristbands were used on site to gauge how workers were feeling. Moodbeam has dispensed with the wristbands and now offers online and mobile dashboards for contractors to monitor the morale of their workforce. Gerard Toplass, group CEO of The 55 Group, said: "Moodbeam is a really unique piece of technology, so we're... more
Pagabo acquires mental health monitoring business
All-clear for £125m Guildford Debenhams redevelopment
St. Mary’s Wharf will provide 185 private and affordable homes along with 21,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space. It will feature two new buildings, designed by architects Squire & Partners, that are all-electric and net zero carbon in operation. Work is expected to start by February next year with a pre-construction period of 9 months and a 30-month build programme. Native Land said it is actively seeking further city centre opportunities. The project is expected.
All-clear for £125m Guildford Debenhams redevelopment
Thompsons brings down historic Redcar blast furnace
Teams from Thompsons brought down the Casting Houses and the Blast Furnace using 175kg of explosives after weeks of pre-works. Clean-up operations at the site will now continue into next year. The four stoves which heated the blast furnace will be brought down in a separate demolition in the coming month. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "Our skyline has changed forever with the demolition of the Redcar Blast Furnace and we can never forget the important role it played in Teesside's proud industrial history."Now,... more
Thompsons brings down historic Redcar blast furnace
Wolverhampton picks McLaughlin & Harvey for £50m learning campus
McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded a pre-construction contract and will now develop the detailed designs and carry out minor preparatory works ahead of construction starting next spring. Council leader Ian Brookfield, said: "The appointment of our preferred construction partner now brings us within touching distance of being able to start works on this game-changing scheme - 2023 is going to be a huge year for the City Learning Quarter."The new facilities will provide a vital facelift as we re-imagine our... more
Wolverhampton picks McLaughlin & Harvey for £50m learning campus
Rejigged £340m Museum of London plan approved
Sir Robert McAlpine is believed to have secured the £340m project ahead of fellow bidder Lendlease. Under the refreshed plans, much of the historic fabric of the buildings will be preserved to create cavernous and atmospheric spaces both above and below ground. New Museum of London will play a key role in the City of London Corporation’s Destination City initiative to transform the Square Mile's leisure offer. The decision follows an announcement last week. The City Corporation plans to deposit a Private... more
Rejigged £340m Museum of London plan approved
Willmott Dixon limbers up for £18m Rainham sports centre
The builder bagged the design and build job for the New Splashes Sports Centre in Rainham with an £18.5m bid. Demolition of the former Splashes Sports Centre in Bloors Lane has already been completed. It will make way for the new centre, which will include two swimming pools a gym and a café. Work on the 35-month build programme is expected to start in April 2023.
Willmott Dixon limbers up for £18m Rainham sports centre
Plans in for BBC’s new home in Birmingham
Typhoo Wharf, as it is currently known, will house several BBC editorial teams, including The Archers, BBC Asian Network, BBC Newsbeat, BBC Radio WM and Midlands Today. Stoford is working with The Gooch Estate, Glenn Howells Architects to deliver the scheme and to prepare a comprehensive vision for the wider area. The new public square will be delivered in time for the first BBC staff to move in 2026. The project will be in time. Over the next decade. Stofords plans to deliver up to 800,000 sq ft of new residential,... more
Plans in for BBC’s new home in Birmingham
Government advances £3bn building safety levy plan
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has started consulting developers on the plans. Under the proposals developers of residential buildings, regardless of their height, will have to pay the levy contribution as part of the building control process. The consultation falls short of setting the actual base levy rate which will be used to calculate payments based on multiples of either units or sq m. The Building Safety Levy will run alongside the different pledges by 49 leading house builders... more
Government advances £3bn building safety levy plan
Ex-construction minister joins unsafe cladding repair firm
Intelligent FS was set-up in 2016 but is expanding rapidly after winning a £31m government contract to help tackle the post-Grenfell cladding crisis. The business has major re-cladding contracts underway in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. Lord Harrington will ‘advise Intelligent FS on its growth plan, governance arrangements and provide strategic counsel on its priority to tackle unsafe cladding.” He said. ‘I am looking forward to supporting the team.
Ex-construction minister joins unsafe cladding repair firm
Green light for O’Rourke to start timber office block
Construction will start next year on the Queensway site in Bayswater opposite the revamp of the Whiteleys department store site which O'Rourke is also overseeing. Foster Partners has designed The William which will deliver six floors of Grade A office space spanning 90,000 sq ft alongside 21,000 sq ft of shops and 32 new homes when it opens in 2026. The William will be constructed using cross-laminated timber making it one of London's largest timber developments.
Green light for O’Rourke to start timber office block
McLaughlin & Harvey wins Lowestoft harbour design
ABP's vision for LEEF is to provide a facility that supports operations & maintenance and construction for the offshore wind farms, helping to transform Lowestoft into a leading offshore energy hub. As part of the next phase of the project, ABP will invest around £1m in the detailed design of infrastructural upgrades of the site, including the addition of extra capacity to accommodate the next generation of larger offshore support vessels. Seamus Devlin, McLaughlin & Harvey civil engineering director, said... more
McLaughlin & Harvey wins Lowestoft harbour design
Severfield profits jump as steel price hikes tempered
Revenue jumped 20% to £235m with £23m of the £39m rise due to increases in steel prices Alan Dunsmore, chief executive officer, said Severfield had managed to mitigate the impact of raw material price hikes and increased energy costs. This helped to deliver a 29% jump in pre-tax profit to £10.2m. "The increase in profit highlights our ability to offset ongoing inflationary cost increases through a combination of operating efficiencies, higher selling prices and contractual protection as steel remains largely... more
Severfield profits jump as steel price hikes tempered
Van Elle first-half revenue hits record £81m
The piling specialist had delivered a 35% jump in revenue to a record £81m in the six months to October. Profit before tax is expected to exceed £3m for the period (HY2022: £1.9m) The board is pleased with the progress made in the first half of the year and anticipates trading for the full year to be slightly ahead of market expectations. Van Elle’s order book at 31 October 2022 increased 26% to £49m (30 June 2022: £39.0m) instrumental.
Van Elle first-half revenue hits record £81m
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